Mike Huckabee says his decision not to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination came with a little disappointment, but he mostly felt relief.
"A lot of the people who are other candidates are really true friends of mine and that would have been awkward situation at times having to battle against them," said Huckabee.
Huckabee says the Republican contenders are a cordial crowd and after his announcement he received many calls and messages.
"I don't plan to make an endorsement right away. I'll let the field shape up and determine who's going to let the field shape up and determine who's going to carry our banner and then I'm going to give everything I have to see if i can help them," said Huckabee.
While he won't start campaigning right away, Huckabee is willing to offer any advice the contenders are looking for.
"One of the things I believe in very strongly is helping the people who are willing to go out and run. I could never have made it in my political life had it not been for folks like that," said Huckabee.
While the critics say Huckabee may have missed his presidential chance he's content with his decision.
"I believe this, if you gain the whole world, but you lose your own soul, what does it profit you?"
Now that 2012 is out, could 2016 be a possibility? Huckabee says he hasn't ruled that out and even he'll have to wait and see what happens.